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MoMA PS1 Call for Ideas: Rethinking Post-Sandy Rockaway

01:00 - 2 March, 2013
MoMA PS1 Call for Ideas: Rethinking Post-Sandy Rockaway, Courtesy of MoMA PS1
Courtesy of MoMA PS1

Architects, artists, and designers are invited to participate in the competition to Rethink the Post-Sandy Rockaway.  MoMA PS1’s Young Architects program is seeking ideas for alternative housing models, creation of social spaces, urban interventions, new uses of public space, the rebuilding of the boardwalk, protection of the shoreline, and actions to engage local communities and to aid in the effort to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. Judges will be selecting 25 proposals to be displayed on Rockaway Beach in April. The deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information, please visit here.

A Candid Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright

00:00 - 2 March, 2013
A Candid Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright by JOHN AMARANTIDES, 1955. ”The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)”
Frank Lloyd Wright by JOHN AMARANTIDES, 1955. ”The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)”

If you only know Frank Lloyd Wright for his classic works - Fallingwater and the Guggenheim among them - and not for his bristly personality, then you're in for a treat.

WNYC has just released a candid interview they recorded with Wright in 1957, two years before his death, in his Plaza Hotel apartment (where he’d moved to oversee construction of the Guggenheim, which he'd been working on for 14 years). The conversation covers a wide range of topics - from Wright's quirky personal views on American culture to the significance of architecture for mankind. Some gems from the interview include: 

On the Guggenheim and its critics:  “You’re going to be awakened to the beauty of that thing [a picture, a painting] from a new point of view. And it’s going to be so enlivening and refreshing, that it will make some of these painters quite ashamed of the protest that they issued against it.”

More quotes from Frank Lloyd Wright, after the break...

Science and Technology Museum in Beijing / BL/KLM Architects + BIAD

01:00 - 2 March, 2013
Science and Technology Museum in Beijing / BL/KLM Architects + BIAD, © Atelier Federico Raponi
© Atelier Federico Raponi

Science and technology evolve at an astounding rate. They are in constant motion and change, with such fierce speed that both surprises and excites. The non-stop evolution is boundless, and it gets faster and more dynamic every day.

ME Hotel / Foster and Partners

01:00 - 2 March, 2013
ME Hotel / Foster and Partners, © Francisco Guerrero
© Francisco Guerrero

© Francisco Guerrero © Francisco Guerrero © Francisco Guerrero © Francisco Guerrero +28

D-APARTMENT / SPACESPACE

01:00 - 2 March, 2013
D-APARTMENT / SPACESPACE, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takanori Kagawa + Junko Kishigami
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Should President Obama Create U.S. Department of Cities?

00:00 - 2 March, 2013
Should President Obama Create U.S. Department of Cities?, New York City Skyline © David Blaikie
New York City Skyline © David Blaikie

Author Richard Florida of the NY Daily News made an argument in his “Obama, build a lasting urban legacy” article that President Obama should create a new federal department at the cabinet level called the Department of Cities. Although the President has listed many issues that he would like to focus on in his second term, such as immigration, gun control and climate change, an initiative to create a more promising future for American cities could define the President's term and leave a lasting impression on the country.

The President made efforts in his last term to rethink and revitalize America's urban centers with the Office of Urban Affairs, created in 2009, but these efforts have gone largely unrewarded. Pair this with the existing Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is becoming increasingly out of date and irrelevant, and it's clear that Mr. President needs to rethink his approach. But despite the challenges that the Obama Administration faces, creating a Department of Cities to finally tackle the issues plaguing our most vital urban nuclei could be one of the most important and far-reaching moves he makes.

Read more about the future of our cities!

Films & Architecture: "The Fifth Element"

09:30 - 1 March, 2013

Last week, our latest featured film showed New York in the ’60s - this time we move to the future, about 200 years from now. This film, directed and co-written by Luc Besson, shows a New York City with flying cars and technological systems applied all around the human environment.

Enjoy and let us know your thoughts of how our cities will look in the next century!

Cornlofts Triplex Reconstruction / B² Architecture

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
© Michal Šeba
© Michal Šeba

© Michal Šeba © Michal Šeba © Michal Šeba © Eduard Hueber +20

Third Wave Kiosk / Tony Hobba Architects

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
Third Wave Kiosk / Tony Hobba Architects, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Torquay, Australia
  • Project Team

    Michael Lucas, Tony Hobba, Jordan Wright
  • Client

    GORCC (Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee)
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Island House / 2by4-architects

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
Courtesy of 2by4-architects
Courtesy of 2by4-architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Loosdrechtse , The Netherlands
  • Contractor

    Bouwbedrijf Van Schaik
  • Area

    32.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Courtesy of 2by4-architects Courtesy of 2by4-architects Courtesy of 2by4-architects Courtesy of 2by4-architects +16

Groupe Scolaire Pasteur / R2K Architectes

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
Groupe Scolaire Pasteur / R2K Architectes, © Jussi Tiainen
© Jussi Tiainen

© Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    26 Rue Buzy, 69780 Mions, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Veronique Klimine, Olavi Koponen
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition 2013

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition 2013, Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013
Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013

The topic of this year's Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition, Recycling Socialism, seeks architectural ideas and methods to envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district in Tallinn – Väike-Õismäe ("Little Blossom Hill"). Väike-Õismäe stands apart from other similar neighborhoods in Tallinn by way of its concentric plan derived from the idea of a circle-city. The district is positioned circularly as a single, complete solution around a pond in the middle and the environment and modern-day life are still searching for a common language. More information and a video after the break.

Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects, Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects
Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Port hardy, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Susan Scott, David Scott
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

House Faes / HVH Architecten

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
House Faes / HVH Architecten, © Tim Van De Velde
© Tim Van De Velde

© Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Keerbergen, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Koen Heyvaert, Inne van Herle
  • Landscape Architecture

    Patrick Verbruggen
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

House of Bank and Roof / Masao Yahagi Architects

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
House of Bank and Roof / Masao Yahagi Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +27

CLW / Komada Architects' Office

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
CLW / Komada Architects' Office, Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office
Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office

Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office +15

Cincinnati Live/Make Competition Results

00:00 - 1 March, 2013
Cincinnati Live/Make Competition Results, Courtesy of Oliver Terrisse
Courtesy of Oliver Terrisse

AIA Cincinnati, in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, recently announced the winners of their LIVE-MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati competition. The challenged was to design a membership based facility that will feature private residences, maker-in-residence studios, light industrial studios and an open workshop that will help shape a new economic opportunity for the neighborhood. The grand prize went to Frenchman Olivier Terrisse’s scheme, whose iconic element consisted of a silvery residential loft tower rising from the rear hill over the renovated factories, whose fabric the architect cut to continue the existing street patter and to open up the spaces of the factory building. More information on the winning proposals after the break.

Centra Metropark / KPF

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran
  • Architects

  • Location

    186 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ 08830, United States
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran +17